Schwarber visits Wrigley, takes batting practice

Schwarber visits Wrigley, takes batting practice

CHICAGO -- It didn't take long for Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs' No. 1 pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, to hit a couple balls into the bleachers during batting practice Tuesday. Next step will be instructional league where he'll work on fine-tuning his catching skills.

Schwarber joined the big league team for a round of batting practice. He introduced his potential future teammates to his power by dropping a couple balls into the right-field bleachers. Schwarber signed with the Cubs one week after the Draft, agreeing to a $3.125 million deal, and got started right away, joining Class A Boise for its opener.

It's been a whirlwind summer for the catcher, who was the fourth player taken overall and is No. 6 on's top 20 Cubs prospects. He batted .344 in 72 Minor League games combined at Boise, Class A Kane County and Class A Advanced Daytona, hitting 18 home runs and 18 doubles.

"It was fun and I wouldn't trade it for anything," Schwarber said.

The Cubs want him to work on his catching in Mesa, Ariz., when instructional league begins Monday.

"He has tremendous potential to have an overall game," said Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, who added Schwarber has sound baseball instincts and understands his priorities as a catcher.

Schwarber will do whatever the Cubs ask.

"I'm willing to do whatever they want me to do and that's the bottom line," he said. "I'll do whatever they tell me to do. It's all about winning."

What was it like hitting at Wrigley?

"This park has so much history," he said. "You learn to have a great deal of respect for it when you're on the field and get to play on it. It's great and amazing."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.